‘They’ll be singing with me’ Jocelyn Brown gets ready for the Havering Show
PUBLISHED: 11:30 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:28 24 August 2016
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She’s a veteran singer who has worked with the world’s best known stars including Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Culture Club and Bette Midler to name a few.
And in just over a week’s time she is set to showcase her powerful vocals at one of the highlights in the borough’s calender - The Havering Show 2016.
Soul star Jocelyn Brown, well known in the world of dance music, spoke to the Recorder ahead of her set.
“It is going to be fun,” she said.
“It’s going to wonderful.”
Jocelyn released her best known solo-hit Somebody Else’s Guy in 1984 and it has remained a firm favourite on dance floors since then.
Jocelyn was born in Kinston, North Carolina, USA, into a musical family and its there that she was inspired to sing herself.
“I sang with my family, grandmother and aunts,” she continued.
“It was all in-house. Once you got there you stayed.”
The soulstress credits her mother, Anna Gaskins Brown, and jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan as influences.
“My favourite Ella Fitzgerald song is Send in the Clowns and I love my aunt Willie Gaskins who can sing her socks off.”
The singer stays tight-lipped about what songs she will be singing at the show in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch.
“I think we should keep that secret,” she said.
“But everybody will be surprised and very happy and will be singing with me.”
The powerhouse has been at the forefront of several definitive and timeless dancefloor classics including Keep on Jumpin’ produced by top DJ Todd Terry, Love’s Gonna Get You, Right said Fred’s Don’t Talk Just Kiss, Always There by Icognito and No More Tears (Enough is Enough) featuring singer-songwriter Kym Mazelle.
“I’m looking forward to hearing everyone that’s going to perform,” she said.
The veteran crooner offered some words of wisdom to the up and coming talents performing on the Fairkytes Live stage.
“Thank your higher power that is walking with you,” she added.
“And be grateful to be able to perform because it is a gift and a blessing to the people.”
See next week’s Recorder for our full guide of what’s on.